Foto Prof. Ruth Olshan

Prof. Ruth Olshan

Professor Directing


Director and Screenwriter; Co-Author a. o. AUFBRUCH IN DIE FREIHEIT (Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Goldene Kamera)

+49 221 920188-0


Ruth Olshan was born in Russia and grew up in Israel and Berlin. She studied directing and film production in Leeds (UK) and Cologne. Today she lives in Germany and works as a freelance director and screenwriter for feature films and documentaries. Ruth Olshan has received numerous awards and scholarships such as the »Sir Richard Attenborough Prize«, the »Prize for Women Artists in North Rhine-Westphalia«, the »Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Prize« and the »Deutscher Fernsehpreis«. Her films have been shown at international festivals such as Venice, Locarno, Munich, Tbilisi, Berlin, and Oberhausen. Since 2018 she also holds the professorship for Documentary Narratives in Audiovisual Media at ifs internationale filmschule köln.



2020  Himbeeren mit Senf 

2019  Why Follow the Law?

2018 Aufbruch in die Freiheit 

TV Film | Hamburger Produzentenpreis, Nominiert für den Grimme-Preis, Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Goldene Kamera

2018  Bo – Life Is Sheep 


2018  Himbeeren mit Senf 

Kino-Kinderfilm in Finanzierung

2017  Shugar Shock 


2017  Swimmingpool am Golan

Kino-Dokumentafilm, Co-Regie

2017  Was vom Himmel fällt

2017  Ich gehöre ihm

TV Film

2014  Hilft nur küssen

2009  Nicht ganz koscher 


2008  Was ist koscher für Dich?

interaktive Filminstallation, Jüdisches Museum Berlin

2007  Mädchenwelten 

Kunst- und Medienprojekt, Senat Berlin

2005 Wie Luft zum Atmen 


2003  Savannah 


2002  Tanz der Saris 


2000  Der Handstand 



2019  Immergrün

2016  All die schönen Dinge

2015  Die Sache mit der Liebe und den Flügeln

»We filmmakers are storytellers. We shape our stories and our stories shape us. Working in documentary necessitates very good preparation in order to be able to make narrative decisions in the moment. Knowledge of the film-narrative crafts is essential. Another important aspect of the program is working together with the students to explore, understand and develop working methods. Bringing these two aspects of film work together – filmmaking skill and mastery on the one hand, and personal development on the other – has always been at the core of my teaching work. From the initial idea to the final product, making a film requires stamina, reflection, and a good sense of humour.«

Ruth Olshan

Professor Directing